H-1C Visa

H1C Visa Details

The H-1C visa is for nurses who wishes to work in health professional shortage areas. Only 500 H-1C visas are granted annually. The visa is valid for three years and cannot be extended. In order to qualify for the H-1C visa, the nurse must be licensed or have obtained a nursing degree in the US and pass the NCLEX-RN exam.

Since the H-1C visa is in such short supply, most nurses choose to skip the H-1C visa and apply directly for the nurse green card.

Spouses and children of H-1C visa holders may enter and remain in the US in H-4 status. H-4 visa holders may attend school in the US but cannot accept employment.

For whom is a H-1C Visa appropriate?

Foreign nurses who intend to work for eligible US hospitals.

The DOL identified the following 14 hospitals as currently eligible to participate in the H1C program:

1.Beaumont Regional Medical Center, Beaumont, Texas
2.Beverly Hospital, Montebello, California
3.Doctors Medical Center, Modesto, California
4.Elizabeth General Medical Center, Elizabeth, New Jersey
5.Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin, Georgia
6.Lutheran Medical Center, St. Louis, Missouri
7.McAllen Medical Center, McAllen, Texas
8.Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
9.Mercy Regional Medical Center, Laredo, Texas

  • Peninsula Hospital Medical Center, Far Rockaway, New York

  • Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Lumberton, North Carolina

  • Southwest General Hospital, San Antonio, Texas

  • St. Bernard Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

  • Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen, Texas

The DOL has acknowledged that there may be other hospitals eligible to participate.

What are the requirements for obtaining an H-1C Visa?

To qualify for the H-1C visa, a nurse must have a full and unrestricted license to practice professional nursing in the country where he/she obtained his/her nursing education, or have received nursing education in the US; have passed an appropriate examination (determined by the DHHS), or have a full and unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of intended employment; and be fully qualified and eligible under the state laws and regulations of the state of intended employment to practice as a registered nurse immediately upon admission to the US.


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